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Additional Strangles Positive Found

Published: August 14, 2020 1:44 pm ET

Last Comment: August 15, 2020 9:12 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Friday (August 14) the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced an additional case of equine strangles.

On August 7, 2020, the AGCO was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a five-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area at the Emerald Isle Training Centre.

On August 12, 2020, the AGCO was informed of a sick three-year-old Standardbred filly that was on the same trailer as the index case. This horse was stabled at Leamington Raceway between August 1 and August 6, 2020, before being moved to the owner’s farm where the horse subsequently was confirmed as having strangles.

Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi.

As a result, the AGCO:

  • Has informed Leamington Raceway, trainers of horses stabled at Leamington and trainers that purchased or claimed horses stabled at Leamington since August 1, 2020 about possible exposure. Recommended that their horses be monitored closely for signs of the disease such as fever, and nasal discharge.

  • Has recommended increased biosecurity measures be taken by the industry, particularly those with horses that may have been exposed. Temperatures should be taken at least twice daily and recorded. Testing of exposed or sick horses for Strangles may be warranted.

  • Will be visiting Leamington for continued discussions and assessment on August 14, 2020.

  • Is actively working with Leamington Raceway officials to determine appropriate next steps.

  • Is working with infectious disease expert Dr. Scott Weese at the University of Guelph.

  • Advises trainers to take temperatures prior to shipping to any racetrack paddock. Associations shall check temperatures prior to any horse entering a paddock until further notice. Horses with fevers of 102.5F/39.1C or more will be scratched.

  • Has provided the industry with additional resources on the disease.

Horsepeople are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice.

The AGCO will continue to monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

https://standardbredcanada.ca/blog/alison-moore/8-13-20/what-know-about-...

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/03-037.htm

https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Guidelines/Strangles_Final.pdf


Mise à jour sur l’affaire de la gourme - Autres cas testés positifs

Le 7 août 2020, la Commission des alcools et des jeux de l’Ontario (CAJO) a été informée d’un cas confirmé de gourme chez un hongre standardbred de 5 ans dans la région du Grand Hamilton, au centre d’entraînement Emerald Isle.

Le 12 août 2020, la CAJO a été informé de l’existence d’une pouliche standardbred malade de 3 ans qui se trouvait sur la même remorque que le cas index. Ce cheval a été logé à l’écurie de l’hippodrome Leamington Raceway entre le 1er et le 6 août 2020, avant d’être transféré dans la ferme du propriétaire où il a été confirmé par la suite que le cheval était atteint de gourme.

La gourme est une infection très contagieuse et grave des chevaux et autres équidés, causée par la bactérie Streptococcus equi.

En conséquence, la CAJO :

  • a informé l’hippodrome Leamington Raceway, les entraîneurs de chevaux élevés à Leamington et les entraîneurs qui ont acheté ou réclamé des chevaux élevés à Leamington depuis le 1er août 2020 d’une possible exposition;

  • a recommandé que leurs chevaux soient surveillés de près pour détecter les signes de la maladie tels que la fièvre et l’écoulement nasal;

  • a recommandé que des mesures de biosécurité accrues soient prises par l’industrie, en particulier celles concernant les chevaux qui pourraient avoir été exposés. Les températures doivent être prises au moins deux fois par jour et notées. Des tests de dépistage de la gourme chez les chevaux exposés ou malades peuvent être justifiés;

  • se rendra à l’hippodrome Leamington pour poursuivre les discussions et l’évaluation le 14 août 2020;

  • travaille activement avec les responsables de l’hippodrome Leamington pour déterminer les prochaines étapes appropriées;

  • travaille avec le Dr Scott Weese, expert en maladies infectieuses, à l’Université de Guelph;

  • conseille aux entraîneurs de prendre la température avant de se rendre dans les paddocks des hippodromes. Les associations doivent vérifier les températures avant l’entrée de tout cheval dans un paddock jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Les chevaux ayant une fièvre de 102,5 ºF/39,1 ºC ou plus seront retirés de la course;

  • a fourni à l’industrie des ressources supplémentaires sur la maladie.

Il est rappelé aux professionnels du cheval de rester vigilants et de mettre en place des mesures de biosécurité appropriées, et de consulter leurs vétérinaires pour obtenir des conseils.

La CAJO suivra la situation et tout nouveau développement sera signalé.

RESSOURCES SUPPLÉMENTAIRES

https://standardbredcanada.ca/blog/alison-moore/8-13-20/what-know-about-...

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/03-037.htm

https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Guidelines/Strangles_Final.pdf

(AGCO)

August 15, 2020 - 9:12 amI commend the Knight's for

Don Patrick SAID...

I commend the Knight's for being totally transparent.
I don't understand why the governing body would not provide all horsemen with all the pertinent information.

August 14, 2020 - 8:02 pmThank you Tom and Liz. Sounds

Alison Moore SAID...

Thank you Tom and Liz. Sounds like you did everything you could.
Alison

August 14, 2020 - 2:40 pmTom and I want to be

Tom Knight SAID...

Tom and I want to be completely transparent regarding the new case of Strangles diagnosed in our 3 year old filly at Leamington Raceway.
She was on the same truck coming from the US to Canada as the original horse that tested positive at Emerald Isle Training Center. Our trainer notified us that our filly had a cough and fever last Wednesday evening August 5th. He had the Vet coming in the morning, August 6th and he would have the Vet look at her. We were there when the Vet examined our filly and he suspected Strangles. We loaded our filly up and immediately brought her home where she has been isolated and all precautions have been taken to mitigate further spread. Our Vet did a nasal swab on the filly on Friday August 7th, and we received a positive result for Strangles on Wednesday August 12th.
We have spoken with Dr. Chambers from AGCO on two occasions, and he was satisfied with our handling of the situation.
This has been terrible news for us, our trainer, and others at the Leamington grounds. Hopefully everyone understands that once we suspected a problem with our filly, we removed her at once and placed her in isolation on our farm.
Respectfully, Tom and Liz Knight.


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